Barrit 7" (1997)
I dont know much about this band. In fact I didnt even know they had a full length out. I can be pretty disconnected at times and in fact spent much of the time from 1998 - 2004 not even concerned with music. Thats no so important really, other than the resurgence of listening to music and finding new music and hunting down things I used to like added up to me liking music way more than before and eventually starting this blog to share all the musical discoveries that have helped me along in life.
Right about the time I left Vermont to move to NYC is when I acquired this 7". My friend Brendan, always an ultimate resource for all things hardcore and metal, had showed me this and the two songs instantly grabbed me. I threw it on a tape and jammed it in my ride (my awesome 1989 Honda Accord) and probably drove way to fast as a result. I used to make it from NYC to Vermont in record times. "They" always say it takes about 6 hours, give or take, to get from NYC to VT. Fuck that, it should take 5 (give or take) but I used to make that drive in just over 4 hours. I drove like a lunatic for years and subsequently lost my license around 9 years ago. I have never gotten another license. My penance for all the people I most likely scared the shit out of.. Anyway, they were good times. Surely hardcore mustve had something to do with this... and maybe the fact that my father flew jets in the Air Force.
So, I leave school and my favorite tape to listen to in the ride was this one. It was an old tape that had Converge's Halo In A Haystack on one side. That dates the cassette to around 1994 or 1995. Along the way I put the Channel 7" with Fairy Tale on the other side and the Jesuit 7". Sometime later I added a 7" by another New England metallic hardcore band called Corrin and then eventually made it to VT where I added the Barrit 7" you have here and the Execute demo (Super heavy hardcore from VT with the same drummer from Seven Years War).
Needless to say, that tape ruled. In fact, it still rules. I still have it and all of the things on it are nearly impossible to find. Its one of 3 tapes I still own along with Sick of It All's Blood, Sweat and No Tears.
This 7" is great. You will have to listen to it to find out what it is like, though I can say it did fit on that cassette really well alongside those other bands.
If anyone has the LP I would love to hear it as I mustve dropped off the map not long after this 7" graced my life.
So I was looking up some stuff about Barrit and was pleasantly surprised to find a very old Tripod page for Barrit. It turns out they were from Worcester, Mass and existed for maybe 4-5 years tops. I also found the cover to the LP that Dan dropped in the comments. Go check it out, though as Brendan says, I dont think it is as good as the 7". Mainly because of the voice. The vocals are shredded on the 7" and they are far more polished and lower end in the album. I personally love the shredded scream, Carcass style.